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  • 2006 – Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix and Hydra.
  • 2004 – SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
  • 2001 – A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
  • 1989 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson that American flag-burning was a form of political protest protected by the First Amendment.
  • 1973 – In handing down the decision in Miller v. California 413 US 15, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the Miller test for obscenity in U.S. law.
  • 1964 – Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, are murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • 1957 – Ellen Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first female Cabinet Minister.
  • 1942 – World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by Japan against the United States mainland.
  • 1940 – The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 1915 – The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down Oklahoma grandfather clause legislation which had the effect of denying the right to vote to blacks.
  • 1900 – Boxer Rebellion. China formally declares war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan, as an edict issued from the Empress Dowager Cixi.
  • 1898 – The United States captures Guam from Spain.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road begins.
  • 1854 – The first Victoria Cross is awarded during the bombardment of Bomarsund in the Åland Islands.
  • 1788 – New Hampshire ratifies the Constitution of the United States and is admitted as the ninth state in the United States.
  • 1749 – Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded.


  • 1997 – Derrius Guice, American football player. Derrius Guice (pronounced /ɡaɪs/) (born June 21, 1997) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1997 – Rebecca Black, American singer-songwriter, was derided by many music critics and viewers, who dubbed it "the worst song ever". Black went on to release other songs including her Dave Days collaboration "Saturday".
  • 1988 – Allyssa DeHaan, American basketball and volleyball player. She played for Michigan State University from 2006 to 2010.
  • 1988 – Thaddeus Young, American basketball player. Thaddeus Charles Young Sr. (born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1985 – Kris Allen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Kristopher Neil Allen (born June 21, 1985) is an American musician, singer and songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol.
  • 1983 – Edward Snowden, American activist and academic, was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and subcontractor. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments, and prompted a cultural discussion about national security and individual privacy.
  • 1981 – Brandon Flowers, American singer-songwriter. Brandon Richard Flowers (born June 21, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer, keyboardist, and occasional bass guitarist of the Las Vegas-based rock band the Killers, with whom he has recorded five studio albums.
  • 1981 – Garrett Jones, American baseball player. Garrett Thomas Jones (born June 21, 1981) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and right fielder.
  • 1980 – David Giuntoli, American actor. He co-starred in the 2016 Michael Bay film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Buddymoon.
  • 1980 – Richard Jefferson, American basketball player. Jefferson was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft with the 13th overall pick, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in his first season with the New Jersey Nets (now known as the Brooklyn Nets).
  • 1979 – Chris Pratt, American actor. He also starred earlier in his career as Bright Abbott in The WB drama series Everwood (2002–2006) and had roles in Wanted (2008), Jennifer's Body (2009), Moneyball (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2013), Delivery Man (2013), and Her (2013).
  • 1978 – Matt Kuchar, American golfer. Matthew Gregory Kuchar (born June 21, 1978) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and formerly the Nationwide Tour.
  • 1977 – Al Wilson, American football player, was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for the University of Tennessee, and was recognized as a consensus All-American.
  • 1976 – Mike Einziger, American guitarist and songwriter. Michael Aaron Einziger (born June 21, 1976) is a multiple Grammy-nominated American musician, songwriter, record producer, inventor and technology entrepreneur.
  • 1975 – Brian Simmons, American football player, was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of North Carolina, and earned All-American honors.
  • 1974 – Rob Kelly, American football player. Robert Anthony Kelly (born 21 December 1964) is an English former footballer and manager who is assistant coach at Malmö FF in the Swedish league, where he starts his job prior to the 2019 season assisting manager Uwe Rösler.
  • 1973 – Juliette Lewis, American actress and singer-songwriter. Her accolades include a Pasinetti Award, one Academy Award nomination, one Golden Globe nomination, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
  • 1971 – Tyronne Drakeford, American football player. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was drafted in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft.
  • 1967 – Carrie Preston, American actress, director, and producer. Preston received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS's acclaimed drama series The Good Wife and The Good Fight.
  • 1967 – Derrick Coleman, American basketball player and sportscaster. Coleman was born in Mobile, Alabama, but grew up and attended high school in Detroit, and attended college at Syracuse University.
  • 1967 – Jim Breuer, American comedian, actor, and producer. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998 and starred in the film Half Baked.
  • 1967 – Pierre Omidyar, French-American businessman, founded eBay. Pierre Morad Omidyar (Persian: پیر مراد امیدیار‎, Persian pronunciation: born June 21, 1967) is an American billionaire entrepreneur, computer scientist and philanthropist.
  • 1966 – Gretchen Carlson, American model and television journalist, Miss America 1989. Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (born June 21, 1966) is an American journalist, author, and former television commentator.
  • 1965 – Lana Wachowski, American director, producer, and screenwriter. The sisters are both trans women.
  • 1964 – Doug Savant, American actor. He played Matt Fielding in Melrose Place (1992–97) and Tom Scavo in the ABC's Desperate Housewives (2004–12).
  • 1963 – Mike Sherrard, American football player. Michael Watson Sherrard (born June 21, 1963) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Denver Broncos.
  • 1961 – Kip Winger, American rock singer-songwriter and musician. Charles Frederick Kip Winger (born June 21, 1961) is an American rock musician, a member of the rock band Winger, and a solo artist.
  • 1959 – Kathy Mattea, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Kathleen Alice Mattea (born June 21, 1959) is an American country music and bluegrass singer.
  • 1959 – Marcella Detroit, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. She joined Shakespears Sister in 1988 with ex-Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey.
  • 1957 – Berkeley Breathed, American author and illustrator. Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed (/ˈbrɛðɪd/; born June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children's book creator, director and screenwriter, best known for his comic strips Bloom County, Outland, and Opus.
  • 1954 – Mark Kimmitt, American general and politician, 16th Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, was the 16th Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, serving under George W. Bush from August 2008 to January 2009.
  • 1951 – Jim Douglas, American academic and politician, 80th Governor of Vermont. On August 27, 2009, Douglas announced that he would not seek re-election for a fifth term in 2010.
  • 1951 – Nils Lofgren, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Lofgren was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band in 2014.
  • 1950 – Joey Kramer, American rock drummer and songwriter (Aerosmith). Joseph Michael Kramer (born June 21, 1950) is the American drummer for the hard rock band Aerosmith.
  • 1947 – Meredith Baxter, American actress. A five-time Emmy Award nominee, one of her nominations was for playing the title role in the 1992 TV film A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story.
  • 1947 – Wade Phillips, American football coach. Wade Phillips (born June 21, 1947) is an American football coach who most recently served as defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1946 – Brenda Holloway, American singer-songwriter, was a recording artist for Motown Records during the 1960s. Her best-known recordings are the soul hits, "Every Little Bit Hurts", "When I'm Gone", and "You've Made Me So Very Happy." The latter, which she co-wrote, was later widely popularized when it became a Top Ten hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears.
  • 1946 – Maurice Saatchi, Baron Saatchi, Iraqi-British businessman, founded M&C Saatchi and Saatchi & Saatchi. Maurice Nathan Saatchi, Baron Saatchi (Arabic: موريس ساعتجي‎ ; born 21 June 1946) is a British-Iraqi businessman, and with his brother, Charles, co-founder of the advertising agencies Saatchi and Saatchi and M&C Saatchi.
  • 1945 – Robert Dewar, English-American computer scientist and academic (d. 2015), was an English-born American computer scientist and educator. He helped to develop software languages and compilers and was an outspoken advocate of freely licensed open source software.
  • 1944 – Tony Scott, English-American director and producer (d. 2012), was an English film director, producer and screenwriter. He was known for directing action and thriller films such as Top Gun (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Enemy of the State (1998), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006), and Unstoppable (2010).
  • 1943 – Brian Sternberg, American pole vaulter (d. 2013), was a world record holder in the men's pole vault who was paralyzed from the neck down after a trampoline accident in 1963.
  • 1942 – Henry S. Taylor, American author and poet. Henry Splawn Taylor (born June 21, 1942) is an American poet, author of more than 15 books of poems and winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
  • 1942 – Marjorie Margolies, American journalist and politician. Marjorie Margolies (/mɑːrˈɡoʊliːz/; formerly Margolies-Mezvinsky; born June 21, 1942) is a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and a women's rights activist.
  • 1942 – Togo D. West, Jr., American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, was an American attorney and public official. A Democrat, he was the third person to occupy the post of Secretary of Veterans Affairs during the Bill Clinton administration serving from 1998 until his resignation in 2000.
  • 1941 – Joe Flaherty, American-Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his work on the Canadian sketch comedy SCTV from 1976 to 1984 (on which he also served as a writer), and as Harold Weir on Freaks and Geeks.
  • 1940 – Mariette Hartley, American actress and television personality. Mary Loretta "Mariette" Hartley (born June 21, 1940) is an American Emmy Award winning character actress, and a founder of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
  • 1938 – John W. Dower, American historian and author. Dower (born June 21, 1938 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American author and historian.
  • 1933 – Bernie Kopell, American actor and comedian. Bernard Morton Kopell (born June 21, 1933) is an American character actor known for his roles as Siegfried in Get Smart from 1966 to 1969 and as Dr.
  • 1932 – O.C. Smith, American R&B/jazz singer (d. 2001). Ocie Lee Smith (June 21, 1932 – November 23, 2001), known as O.C.
  • 1931 – Margaret Heckler, American journalist, lawyer, and politician, 15th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, was an American politician, member of the Republican Party for Massachusetts who served in the United States House of Representatives for eight terms, from 1967–83 and was later the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Ambassador to Ireland under President Ronald Reagan. After her defeat in 1982, no woman would be elected to Congress from Massachusetts until Niki Tsongas in a special election in 2007.
  • 1928 – Wolfgang Haken, German-American mathematician and academic. Wolfgang Haken (born June 21, 1928) is a mathematician who specializes in topology, in particular 3-manifolds.
  • 1927 – Carl Stokes, American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Seychelles (d. 1996), was an American politician and diplomat of the Democratic party who served as the 51st mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Elected on November 7, 1967, and taking office on January 1, 1968, he was the first black elected mayor of a major U.S. city.
  • 1926 – Conrad Hall, French-American cinematographer (d. 2003), was a French Polynesian-born American cinematographer. Named after writers Joseph Conrad and Lafcadio Hearn, he was best known for photographing such films as In Cold Blood, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, American Beauty, and Road to Perdition.
  • 1925 – Maureen Stapleton, American actress (d. 2006), was an American actress in film, theater, and television. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Lonelyhearts (1958), Airport (1970), and Interiors (1978), before winning for her performance as Emma Goldman in Reds (1981).
  • 1921 – Jane Russell, American actress and singer (d. 2011), was an American film actress and one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • 1921 – Judy Holliday, American actress and singer (d. 1965), was an American actress, comedian, and singer.
  • 1921 – William Edwin Self, American actor, producer, and production manager (d. 2010), was an American television and feature film producer who began his career as an actor.
  • 1919 – Paolo Soleri, Italian-American architect, designed the Cosanti (d. 2013), was an Italian architect. He established the educational Cosanti Foundation and Arcosanti.
  • 1918 – Eddie Lopat, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1992). Edmund Walter Lopat (originally Lopatynski) (June 21, 1918 – June 15, 1992) was a Major League Baseball pitcher, coach, manager, front office executive, and scout.
  • 1918 – Josephine Webb, American engineer. Josephine Webb (born June 21, 1918) is an American electrical engineer who obtained two patents for oil circuit breaker contact design, known colloquially as "switchgear".
  • 1916 – Herbert Friedman, American physicist and astronomer (d. 2000), was an American pioneer in the application of sounding rockets to solar physics, aeronomy, and astronomy. He was also a statesman and public advocate for science.
  • 1916 – Joseph Cyril Bamford, English businessman, founded J. C. Bamford (d. 2001), was a British businessman, who was the founder of the JCB company, manufacturing heavy plant.
  • 1914 – William Vickrey, Canadian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996), was a Canadian-born professor of economics and Nobel Laureate. Vickrey was awarded the 1996 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with James Mirrlees for their research into the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information, becoming the only Nobel laureate born in British Columbia.
  • 1911 – Irving Fein, American producer and manager (d. 2012), was an American television and film producer, and the manager of entertainers Jack Benny and George Burns.
  • 1908 – William Frankena, American philosopher and academic (d. 1994), was an American moral philosopher. He was a member of the University of Michigan's department of philosophy for 41 years (1937–1978), and chair of the department for 14 years (1947–1961).
  • 1903 – Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist, painter and illustrator (d. 2003), was an American caricaturist best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars.
  • 1898 – Donald C. Peattie, American botanist and author (d. 1964), was an American botanist, naturalist and author. He was described by Joseph Wood Krutch as "perhaps the most widely read of all contemporary American nature writers" during his heyday.
  • 1896 – Charles Momsen, American admiral, invented the Momsen lung (d. 1967), was born in Flushing, New York. He was an American pioneer in submarine rescue for the United States Navy, and he invented the underwater escape device later called the "Momsen lung", for which he received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal in 1929.
  • 1892 – Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologian and academic (d. 1971), was an American Reformed theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years. Niebuhr was one of America's leading public intellectuals for several decades of the 20th century and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
  • 1891 – Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian architect and engineer, co-designed the Pirelli Tower and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption (d. 1979), was an Italian engineer and architect. He studied at the University of Bologna graduating in 1913.
  • 1889 – Ralph Craig, American sprinter and sailor (d. 1972), was an American athlete, winner of the sprint double at the 1912 Summer Olympics.
  • 1882 – Rockwell Kent, American painter and illustrator (d. 1971), was an American painter, printmaker, illustrator, writer, sailor, adventurer and voyager.
  • 1880 – Arnold Gesell, American psychologist and pediatrician (d. 1961). Arnold Lucius Gesell (21 June 1880 – 29 May 1961) was an American clinical psychologist, pediatrician and professor at Yale University known for his research & contributions to the field of child development.
  • 1867 – Oscar Florianus Bluemner, German-American painter and illustrator (d. 1938), was a German-born American Modernist painter.
  • 1859 – Henry Ossawa Tanner, American-French painter and illustrator (d. 1937), was an American artist and the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim. Tanner moved to Paris, France, in 1891 to study, and continued to live there after being accepted in French artistic circles.
  • 1850 – Daniel Carter Beard, American author and illustrator, co-founded the Boy Scouts of America (d. 1941), was an American illustrator, author, youth leader, and social reformer who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, which Beard later merged with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
  • 1805 – Charles Thomas Jackson, American physician and geologist (d. 1880), was an American physician and scientist who was active in medicine, chemistry, mineralogy, and geology.
  • 1774 – Daniel D. Tompkins, American lawyer and politician, 6th Vice President of the United States (d. 1825). Tompkins (June 21, 1774 – June 11, 1825) was an American politician.
  • 1736 – Enoch Poor, American general (d. 1780), was a brigadier general in the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. He was a shipbuilder and merchant from Exeter, New Hampshire.
  • 1639 – Increase Mather, American minister and author (d. 1723), was a powerful Puritan clergyman in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and was president of Harvard College for twenty years (1681–1701). He was influential in the administration of the colony during a time that coincided with the notorious Salem witch trials.


  • 2015 – Darryl Hamilton, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1964)
  • 2015 – Gunther Schuller, American horn player, composer, and conductor (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Elliott Reid, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2013 – James P. Gordon, American physicist and academic (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Abid Hussain, Indian economist and diplomat, Indian Ambassador to the United States (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Anna Schwartz, American economist and author (b. 1915)
  • 2012 – Richard Adler, American composer and producer (b. 1921)
  • 2008 – Scott Kalitta, American race car driver (b. 1962)
  • 2006 – Jared C. Monti, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1975)
  • 2004 – Ruth Leach Amonette, American businesswoman (b. 1916)
  • 2003 – Leon Uris, American soldier and author (b. 1924)
  • 2001 – Carroll O'Connor, American actor and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2001 – John Lee Hooker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1917)
  • 2000 – Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American pianist and composer (b. 1911)
  • 1998 – Al Campanis, American baseball player and manager (b. 1916)
  • 1994 – William Wilson Morgan, American astronomer and astrophysicist (b. 1906)
  • 1990 – Cedric Belfrage, English journalist and author, co-founded the National Guardian (b. 1904)
  • 1990 – June Christy, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 1988 – Bobby Dodd, American football coach (b. 1908)
  • 1987 – Madman Muntz, American engineer and businessman, founded the Muntz Car Company (b. 1914)
  • 1985 – Hector Boyardee, Italian-American chef and businessman, founded Chef Boyardee (b. 1897)
  • 1981 – Don Figlozzi, American illustrator and animator (b. 1909)
  • 1976 – Margaret Herrick, American librarian (b. 1902)
  • 1969 – Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (b. 1934)
  • 1964 – James Chaney, American civil rights activist (b. 1943)
  • 1964 – Michael Schwerner, American civil rights activist (b. 1939)
  • 1954 – Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American engineer, developed the zipper (b. 1880)
  • 1951 – Charles Dillon Perrine, American astronomer (b. 1867)
  • 1940 – Smedley Butler, American general, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1881)
  • 1934 – Thorne Smith, American author (b. 1892)
  • 1893 – Leland Stanford, American businessman and politician, 8th Governor of California (b. 1824)
  • 1880 – Theophilus H. Holmes, American general (b. 1804)
  • 1865 – Frances Adeline Seward, American wife of William H. Seward (b. 1824)
  • 1796 – Richard Gridley, American soldier and engineer (b. 1710)
  • 1652 – Inigo Jones, English architect, designed the Queen's House and Wilton House (b. 1573)
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